[nabs-l] it all had to start somewhere

Teal Bloodworth tealbloodworth at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 00:54:19 UTC 2009

Hello all

Ok well hmmm....I have had alot of interesting experiences throughout my 
vision loss. At the kentucky office for the blind McDowell center there are 
3 or 4members. First I met tonia gatton. After hearing her story and 
accomplishments i commended her in disbelief. Thinking this woman is my 
hero. Then close to a year after i met tonia i was able to meet Mario Island 
who is now assisstant director of the McDowell center and long time member 
of NFB. He to had surpassed many obstacles that left me in aww. And last but 
not least Buffa Hans. Me and Buffa had many negative meetings but 
nevertheless i do admire a woman with that much want and determine to 
succeed. Over time all 3 had always spoke very highly of the NFB and many 
thins available through them and it basically gave me the want to 

Through just this list i have had many questions answered and the feeling 
that i am not alone, everyone has similar setbacks, and through another list 
gave me the ability to interact with these people i mentioned above.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Darian Smith" <dsmithnfb at gmail.com>
To: <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 3:54 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] it all had to start somewhere

> Hi all,
>  i wanted to pose a topic to you all.
> We all found our way into the NFB/Nabs in some way. My question to
> you all is how you were introduced into the NFB and what made you stay
> a part of it?  What person or event  made you think "hey, this is
> pretty cool"?  And
> For me, it was  Julie Deden and my then rehab counsolerTony Lewis
> whogot me to go the the CCB for the summer program. I actually went
> twice, and each time I was lucky enough to find friendship and  great
> role models there. I saw what blind people were doing, and for the
> first time, I was not hesitent  to use my cane, nor did I ever think
> any differently of other blind folks.  What kept me were the people
> who kind of have become my mentors, adults I've met in the program who
> have kept in touch with me even today; years after  the fact.  With
> what they've showed me, i feel like I should pay that foward.
>    Thanks
> Darian
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